Rise and shine on Celebrate/Commemorate weekend with breakfast at the American Legion
On Saturday morning, May 27, a buffet breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 am at the Legion home at 1 E. Williams St.
The menu includes scrambled eggs, meat, fruit cup, toast, juice, coffee and that Army staple, chipped beef on toast.
Start Memorial Day right with a Liberty Buffet Breakfast!
Waterloo Memorial Post 6433 VFW will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the post home on East Elisha Street. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit cup, toast, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 per person.
The public is invited.
Jane Shaffer, 315-539-3353
Dave Duprey, Village Trustee 315-539-9010
A full weekend of family fun events is planned by the committee, including musical entertainment, an essay contest, 5K run & remembrance walk, car show, freedom parade, arts and crafts show, and a "Healing Field". The weekend will end with a concert by "Ruby Shooz" and a fireworks display by Telstar on Monday May 29th.
As always, Waterloo will hold its solemn commemoration of Memorial Day on May 30 with morning services at St. Mary's and Maple Grove Cemetery, the traditional parade begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service in Lafayette Park. The 140th annual event is sponsored by the American Legion and the VFW.
Classic, sports and antique cars will return to Waterloo on Memorial Day weekend for the Fifth annual "Wheels on Main Street." The event is a highlight of the Celebrate Commemorate festivities. The lovingly restored antique and classic cars will be parked along Main Street between Lafayette park and the intersection of Routes 5 &20 and Route 96 on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28. "Bring your favorite vehicle and join the fun. We welcome sports cars, hot rods, motorcycles, antique tractors - anything on wheels!" said co-chair Jim Vrooman. Committee co- chair Robert Good said the John Deere, International, Ford and other two-cylinder tractors that used to be familiar sights on neighborhood farms are now treasured antique vehicles. There is no entry fee. The first 100 entrants will receive commemorative gifts.
To register send your name, address, phone number with area code, club affiliation if any,
vehicle make, year and model to:
Certified 5K Run # NY04023AM
Sunday, May 28th, 2006
With PCR DAG Timing System by Paul Richards,
Results will be given immediately at end of the race.
Serious runners and relaxed amblers are invited to participate in the Celebrate Commemorate 5Krace on Sunday, May 28th. The route for the 5K race is sure to attract competitive runners Medals will be given to winners in various age groups. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. at Lafayette Park. Participants will race through the village and return to the park. Registrations are accepted up to one-half hour before the race.
Pre-Registration fee is $12 - Day of Race $15.00
and all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt,
scoresheet, and two Photographs.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place medals will be awarded in 9 age groups!
Plaques will go to the top three overall finishers.
For more information, contact Jack Sutliffe at 539-4348.
Click here for an application
Do you know what national event began in Waterloo? Where the inventor of the Pullman railroad sleeping car lived? What television star spent many happy summers in Waterloo as a youth? Who is buried at the Seneca County fairgrounds? You can learn the answers to these questions and many other interesting facts about Waterloo history by taking the Waterloo History Tour. Narrated horse and buggy rides will be offered from Lafayette Park from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brochures for the self-guided walking tour are available at the village office year round. The tour was created by journalist Doris Wolf and her committee as a gift to the community. More than 22 stops are included in the mile-long route through the village.
Civil War Encampments
Reynolds Battery L. 1st NY Light Artillery was formed in
1982 to honor the original battery and educate the public about the
Civil War. Members of Reynolds' Battery are all volunteer and come from
as far away as Buffalo and Ithaca.
The original Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery, was raised by John
A. Reynolds of Rochester, NY, in September 1861. Recruits were drawn
mostly from Rochester, but ranged from all over Western & Northern New
York, and Canada.
On October 18, 1861, the Battery was officially mustered into the United
States Army in Elmira, N Y. They were armed with the first six Model
1861 3" Ordnance Rifles in the country. From Elmira, the Battery was
sent to West Virginia. Their first engagement occurred when a section
under Lieutenant Loder came into action in Charleston, WV.
On 28 August 1862, the Battery was transferred to the I Corps, Army of
the Potomac, and it participated in all the engagements of that Corps
until 1864, including Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg,
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
In March 1864, the Army of the Potomac reorganized and the I Corps
merged into the V, which Reynolds' Battery served with through the end
of the war, including the battles of Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and
Of the approximately 115 men who had originally joined the Battery, 25
still remained with the unit at the time it was mustered out of service
on June 17, 1865. A total of 320 men entered service as members of
Reynolds' Battery L. Of these, nine were killed or died from wounds
received in action while 14 died from sickness contracted in service.
In 1982, Frank Cutler gathered some like-minded reenactors and founded
the 1st New York Light Artillery, Reynolds' Battery L. At first, the
Battery had a 3/4 scale cannon, which was sold to raise money for
another cannon and this pattern of making and selling was begun. Slowly,
over the years, Reynolds' Battery began to reach its goal of fielding
four 3" Ordnance Rifles with limbers The group received its first 3"
Rifle in 1987, the second was fielded in 1996 and the third in 1997.
Although the group members take their hobby very seriously, they have a
lot of fun while educating the public and, most importantly, honoring
those of the Civil War.
The wooden station wagon bodies that once were produced in Waterloo will return to Waterloo's Celebrate Commemorate "Waterloo Remembers" festivities. Wood-bodied cars were favorites of the surfer crowd, and Woody trucks and buses were popular in the 1940s and 50s. Scores of the restored vehicles will be brought by their owners from across the country to participate in the weekend's festivities. They are expected to participate in the Freedom Parade on Saturday, May 27, will be on display on Main Street on Sunday, May 28. The Woodies also will drive to wineries and other attractions in the area during their visit. For more information, e-mail Jim Vrooman.
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In the reenactment community, the 148th New York Volunteers are
considered veterans. Established in 1962, the 148th is the oldest Civil
War reenactment organization in New York State. Since its founding, it
has participated in several hundred Civil War battle reenactments and
hosted scores of living history events, marched in parades and given
presentations for schools and historical societies.
Even though the organization is built on a military impression,
families participate in the recreation of a time in American history
when everyone was touched by the events, not just the soldiers serving
The original 148th was recruited from the Finger Lakes regions of New
York. They were assigned to the Army of the James and served under Major General Benjamin "The Beast" Butler. Some of the battles they
participated in were Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the Siege of
Petersburg, Chaffin's Farm, Fair Oaks, the Appomattox Campaign, and the
post-war occupation of the city of Richmond. They had five Medal of
Honor recipients, and suffered more than 500 casualties.
The 148th of today recruits its members primarily from the Finger Lakes
In 1962, the 148th began with six members from the Ovid Camp of the Sons
of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Membership in the SUV is a
tribute to those "Sons of the Finger Lakes" who answered Lincoln's call
for 300,000 more!
The 148th will set up their encampment on the grounds of the Finger Lakes Health - Huntington Living Center, 369 East Main Street, with the
soldiers, their families and other camp followers, such as a sutler
selling military goods commonly found in at military encampments. The
group is known for its authenticity in dress, language and mannerisms.
The Sons of the Union Veterans, direct descendants of Civil War
soldiers, will have an exhibit at the Memorial Day Museum on East Main
Street. The museum also will be open for visitors. It honors local
soldiers from every war, and contains the proclamation signed by
President Lyndon B. Johnson designating Waterloo as the official
Birthplace of Memorial Day.
The 148th New York Volunteer Regiment of Infantry
0712 Waterloo-Geneva Road,
Waterloo NY 13165.
For more information,
call 315-539-3162 or
Photo by Lori Duprey
Win this queen size, beautiful, multi color, Double Irish Chain "Road to Waterloo" made by Pam Jones, Mary Lou Haws, and Judie Byndas. Quilted by Cheri Alger. Tickets available at Nugent Hardware for $1 or six tickets for $5. For more information contact Judy Byndas at 539-8475.
May 25 - 30, 2006
140th Consecutive Memorial Day Observance May 30, 2006
The Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day Committee of Waterloo, New York will be observing the 140th consecutive Memorial Day rite with the additional staging of a national community program called "The Healing Field." This event will coincide with the Memorial Day observance with the flying of over 1000 American flags in honor and memory of those that serve not only our community but also our country.
This spectacular, patriotic, and healing event has attracted record media attention and community involvement all over the USA. Ironically, even though The Healing Field Memorial came to be as a healing process for those that lost their lives in New York City during 911, it has never been staged in New York State before. Waterloo, NY, which is nationally recognized as the Birthplace of Memorial Day, proudly announces that the Healing Field will make its debut in New York State at Waterloo this year!
Please visit the National website at www.healingfield.org/waterloo.
This healing field will be erected on the Finger Lakes Health grounds of the Huntington Living Center, Rte 5 & 20, Waterloo, May 25-30th, 2006. It will benefit the Waterloo American Legion, the Waterloo VFW, Waterloo Memorial Day Museum, as well as the Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day Event. Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day is an annual event and welcomes the addition of the Healing Field in addition to its other events!